COVID-19 Elections and Voting
Election Day Information for the June 15, 2020 Municipal Election
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the March 30th Municipal Election was rescheduled to June 15th. The election will now take place outdoors; the polling place has been moved from the Smith School Gym to the Hartwell Pods parking lot on Ballfield Road. The election hours will be from 12PM (noon)-4PM. A specimen ballot is available here: Specimen Ballot
Voting by Mail
Due to COVID-19 precautionary measures, both Early Voting by Mail and Absentee Voting are encouraged for elections in 2020.
Early Voting by Mail
Due to COVID-19 precautions, Early Voting by Mail is now permissible for the upcoming Municipal Election on June 15, 2020. Early Voting by Mail will also be available for some future elections. The application is available here: Early Voting by Mail Application . A physical signature is required to complete the application; the form can be returned to the Town Clerk’s Office by mail at 16 Lincoln Rd., Lincoln, MA 01773, or a scanned or photographed copy may be emailed to the Town Clerk at email@example.com . Early Voting applications for the June 15th election may be submitted until noon on Friday, June 12, 2020. Once requested, a ballot will be mailed to you and must be received back by the close of polls on election day.
Early Voting by Mail allows the Town Clerk’s Office to mail ballots to residents to complete at home, rather than over the counter or at the polls on election day. Early voting in person will not be available for the upcoming Municipal Election.
In order to be eligible to vote by absentee ballot in Massachusetts, normally a voter must be unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:
- Absence from town during normal polling hours
- Physical disability preventing attendance at the polling place, or
- Religious belief.
However, due to COVID-19, Chapter 45 of the Acts of 2020 permits any registered voter staying in their home or avoiding their polling place as a precautionary measure in response to COVID-19 to be eligible to request an Absentee Ballot. The application is available here: Absentee Ballot Application.
Last Day to Register to Vote in the June 15 Municipal Election
This year’s Annual Town Election will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020, from noon to 4:00pm, in the Hartwell School parking lot. For those residents not yet registered, the last day to Register to Vote in this election is this coming Friday, June 5, 2020. The Town Clerk’s Office will be open that evening until 8:00pm. We will have a table set up outside, at the rear entrance of the Town Offices building, from 2:00pm – 8:00pm to accept Voter Registrations, assist voters who wish to vote in person by absentee ballot, and to accept completed ballots previously mailed out.
We will also be available, outside, on Thursday, June 11, 2020 from 4:30 – 7:00pm, to assist voters who wish to vote in person by AV ballot, and to receive completed ballots from voters who would like to hand deliver them to our office. Under State law, AV ballots must be voted in person at our office or must be delivered to voters by US mail; voters are not permitted to leave the Town Clerk’s Office with a ballot.
To register to vote online, or to see if you are already registered, check here: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/
If you wish to apply for an AV ballot, please complete the form linked under "Absentee Voting," above, and return it to our office by email, mail or use the drop box at the front door of Town Offices. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible as completed AV ballots must be received by the close of polls on election day.
The deadline to apply for an AV ballot is noon, on Friday, June 12, 2020. We are happy to help. If you need additional assistance, please call us at 781-259-2607.